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Plastic Packaging Initiative

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An initiative between a major local employer and schoolchildren to highlight the global concerns over plastic packaging has been praised by Cleethorpes MP, Martin Vickers.

For the past few weeks, more than 80 year 4 pupils at the William Barcroft Junior School in Barnett Place, Cleethorpes, have been looking at how we package food and how we dispose of plastic, producing a series of posters and campaign slogans.

The project – Save our oceans – is this year’s schools initiative rolled out by the Ramsden Group, one of Grimsby’s best known and largest employers. It follows last year’s highly successful World of Food programme which focused on how our food is transported from all parts of the world, eventually reaching our dinner table.

Mr Vickers took time out from a busy Westminster schedule to visit the Today’s Extra Ramsden Fiveways store on Carr Lane and to choose the winning poster from a shortlist of five. It is hoped the poster will be reproduced for display in the store and on buildings and vehicles in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

He said: “I was delighted to be invited to see how the Ramsden Group and the team at Fiveways are working with local schoolchildren to promote such an important issue. There has been a great deal of publicity nationally around this subject and it is good to see how these youngsters have taken it to heart and produced some excellent posters.

Ramsden retail director Andy Taylor said the project had once again shown the value of local business working closely with local school children. He added: “Each year, we try to think of something different that will in someway promote our business activity while involving children in an out-of-class educational initiative, something different to their day-to-day schooling.

We are already looking at ideas for next year’s programme to run after the Easter break and we would like to hear from any school in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area that would wish to be involved.

The group, which includes the Dee Bee cash and carry wholesale business and the Home Interiors furniture store on Cleethorpe Road, employs more than 200 people in Grimsby and Hull.